The week's news in product safety...
Hazard: The bulb in the lanterns can overheat
and possibly catch on fire or burn children if they touch or bump
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries, but one
incident has been reported of the lantern overheating.
Description: The recall includes
Dollar Tree battery-operated lanterns in black, white and orange in
the styles of ghosts, skulls and pumpkins. The lanterns are about 6
inches tall and have the model number 954437-13096-003-1005 is
printed on the bottom.
Where you bought them: Dollar Tree retail
chains nationwide, including Dollar Bills, Occasions, Deals and
Dollar Tree Deals, from August 2010 to October 2010 for $1.
What to do: Throw away the lantern's batteries
and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. Contact
Dollar Tree at 800-876-8077, or visit their website at dollartree.com.
Hazard: The shoes have bungee
laces with toggles at the end. The toggles can detach from the
laces and babies can accidentally swallow and choke on them.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The shoes are brown with brown
laces and toggles. They are boys casual shoes sold in infant sizes
5 through 10. They are manufactured by Meijer and have the words
"Fall Creek" printed on the bottom sole of the shoe.
Where you bought them: Meijer stores nationwide
from July 2010 through September 2010 for $15.
What to do: Meijer advises taking the toggles
off the shoe strings, thus eliminating the hazard, or you can
return them to a Meijer store for a full refund. Contact Meijer at
(800) 927-8699 or visit the website at meijer.com.
Hazard: The FDA discovered
that there may be excess amounts of belladonna, a toxin, in the
teething tablets. If babies ingest too much, it can be
Incidents/Injuries: An unspecified number of
incidents has been reported to the FDA that are consistent with
belladonna poisoning. In addition, the FDA has received reports
about children taking more tablets than recommended because the
bottle doesn't have a child safety cap.
Description: Hyland's Teething Tablets are
homeopathic tablets that come in pink and blue packaging. They are
small, soft tablets, red and blue, that quickly dissolve in babies'
mouths or in a cup of water.
Where you bought it: High-end health food
stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and drug stores nationwide.
What to do: Hyland's is offering a refund on
the teething tablets. Contact them by phone at 1-877-496-5044, and
for more information on the recall, visit hylandsteething.com/recall.
Hazard: If the drop-side railing detaches, a
baby can roll over and fall out of the crib, or they can fall into
the gap between the drop-side and the mattress and become trapped
and possibly suffocate.
Incidents/Injuries: 23 incidents have been
reported of the drop-side detaching from the crib resulting in
Description: The recall includes drop-side
cribs by Ethan Allen, Angel Line and Victory Land Group. The Ethan
Allen recall includes item numbers 14-5650, 15-5650, 16-5650,
26-5650, 35-5622, 36-5620, 36-5622 and 38-5622. The item numbers
are printed on the crib's headboard or footboard, and the cribs
were sold in a variety of colors.
The Angel Line cribs were sold in brown, white, natural and oak
colors. The brand "Longwood Forrest" is printed on the headboard
along with one of the following model numbers: 6103S, 6105S, 6106S,
6108S, 6109S, 8025P, and 8029P. The recalled cribs have plastic
drop-sides; the metal drop-side cribs are not included in the
The Victory Land Group recall involves Heritage Collection
3-in-1 drop-side cribs with model numbers 07-1248 and 07-1252 found
on the headboard or footboard. They came in natural and white
Where you bought it: Ethan Allen: Ethan Allen
stores from January 2002 to December 2008 for between $550 and
$900. Angel Line: Ababy.com, Babyage.com and other online retailers
from December 2004 through January 2009 for $140. Victory Land
Group: Kmart stores nationwide from February 2007 through October
2008 for $130.
What to do: All three companies are offering
free repairs kits for the cribs that will immobilize the drop-side.
Visit the CPSC website
for more information on these recalls, and also to check out a
video on crib safety.
Hazard: The Raisinets may contain peanuts, and
although there is a warning label on the package, the candy should
not have peanuts.
Incidents/Injuries: 3 incidents have been
reported thus far.
Description: The Nestle Raisinets Fun Paks come
in a 10-oz. yellow bag with "Raisinets" written in red letters.
Where you bought it:Target, Shop Rite and Don
Quixote retail stores.
What to do: is offering a full refund for the
candy. Contact them by phone at 800-478-5670.
Hazard: The metal snaps on the vest can pop off
and children can accidentally swallow them.
Description: The vests are white and quilted
with a faux hood and a label sewn inside the side seam with number
Where you bought it: Online at
childrensplace.com in September 2010 for $20.
What to do: Contact The Children's Place for a
free return package which gets you a full refund. Reach them at
877-752-2387, or visit their website at childrensplace.com.
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